heylinb4nz:DarthKermit: If enough people think the government (which currently happens to be the National Party) are doing a crappy job, they'll be voted out and replaced by an alternative government, who in theory will do a great job. And so on and so on...
All good and well until you realise that it doesn't matter who you vote for. You cannot expect to borrow billions without letting go some control of your country to the people who lent you the money. Essentially NZ has sold its sovereignty to the international money lenders, and it is in their best interest for us to do well enough to pay interest on loans (and allow them influence over NZs fiscal policies), but not so well that we can fully pay and become independent of them.
I'm under no illusion that that isn't the case. This reminds me of a quote from a movie I have on DVD called 'The International':
[In explaining the "true" nature of banking in the world] The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn't to control the conflict, it's to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals, slaves to debt.